Warm Heads, Warm Feet

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Warm Heads, Warm Feet

There have been so many people across the country who have expressed interest in helping with the chocolate making, but cannot because of location or lack of time.

I tried to think of a way that people could help the children in Russia in other ways.  I thought about the most basic thing that the children are lacking, hats and shoes.  My experience with Mirnoe orphanage taught me that many of the children cannot attend school because they do not have shoes.  The weather in Khabarovsk in the winter is so cold that they cannot go out without hats.  It is also a cultural practice that all children must wear hats outside.

When a children’s home only receives 24 cents a day per child to feed and clothe them properly, clothing often goes by the wayside.

Sweet Hope is starting an on-going collection of hats and shoes.  If you find hats and shoes on sale consider picking a few up.  If you are knitter this is a great way to help a child in need.  Ship them to us and we will then ship them to a family traveling to Russia.

Why do this?  First, you’ll be helping children get to school.  Life is nothing without a proper education.  Especially for children who will be put on the street at 16 years old.  Second, families traveling for their first visit trips are usually expected to bring donations of items to their orphanage.  Going out to purchase donations is another financial hurdle in the already expensive process of Russian adoption.  By helping families with a portion of their donation they will be that much closer to bringing their child home.  After all, Sweet Hope started as an organization to help adoptive families.

We will house all of the donation and ship them to the traveling families.  All you have to do is send them to us.  If you would like to donate shoes or hats please email me.  If you are a potential adoptive family preparing for your first (or second) trip to Russia and would like to take shoes and hats email me.

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